A presentation on adaption to remote education during COVID and beyond.
19:00 - Presentations
20:00 - Close
In this twilight event, we will look at how the BCS is supporting teachers in the delivery of the computer science curriculum.
Lock-down has created some unique challenges for schools, we'll discuss how computing teachers have adapted to remote education and our thoughts on any COVID legacy.
About the speakers
Neil McLean - Head of Education
Neil started as a teacher and local authority adviser developing the use of technology in the classroom. In the early 1990s he developed the first National Curriculum and qualifications for IT and Computing. As an executive director at the government’s technology agency, he created support services for schools and teachers, provided research-based evidence to the treasury, and led the scheme providing technology to 250 000 low-income families. He continued to work in senior roles in the private and charity sectors before joining BCS, including providing advice to governments across the Western Balkans on developing digital skills in the region. He chairs the Learning Foundation, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Naace, the national educational technology association.
Beverly Clarke - Computing at School National Community Manager
Beverly Clarke works for BCS - the Chartered institute for IT/Computing At School (CAS). She is the National Community Manager for Computing at School, which is the teacher focused part of BCS. CAS is a networking community for computing teachers. She is responsible for the CAS community of practice programme as part of the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). Beverly is a former Computing teacher and Head of Computing. Additionally, she is the author of a BCS book – “Computer Science Teacher” – insight into the Computing classroom. Beverly is a CAS Board member and a Bett Advisory Board member. She is also a resource writer aiming to democratise AI and put knowledge and skills of AI into the hands of everyone. She is also author of a K12 Exploring Computer Science (ECS) alternate AI curriculum.
Daniel Toms MBCS - NCCE Computing Hub Lead
Daniel is a computer science teacher with over twenty years experience in the classroom. He is the head of computing at Harrogate Grammar School and the subject lead for Red Kite Teaching Training. In 2019, Harrogate Grammar School became one of the first National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) Computing Hubs. As Hub Lead, Daniel is responsible for coordinating the NCCE offer in North Yorkshire, Leeds and Wakefield. He is the chair of the WYBCS and currently serving on the BCS Council and Academy Board.
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This event is brought to you by: BCS West Yorkshire branch